Trescothick guides Somerset home
Somerset 92 for 3 beat Glamorgan 116 for 7 by seven wickets (D/L method)
Marcus Trescothick's unbeaten 54 led Somerset to a rain-affected seven-wicket win over Glamorgan to send them top of the Friends Provident t20 South Group. Under the floodlights Glamorgan were restricted to 116 for 7 in their 20 overs, with Mark Turner returning his Twenty20 best figures of 3 for 25.
Somerset's victory target was then reduced to 92 from 15 overs under the Duckworth-Lewis method following a heavy downpour that forced the players from the field. Trescothick anchored the chase with his fourth successive Twenty20 half-century before Kieron Pollard smashed a straight six to claim the winning runs with 19 balls to spare.
Somerset's eighth win in nine games further strengthened their bid for a home quarter-final, while defeat for Glamorgan ended their hopes of qualifying for the last eight. Glamorgan chose to bat on a seaming pitch and soon found themselves in trouble at 10 for 3.
Despite an impressive six from Mark Cosgrove over long-on in the second over Somerset, who welcomed back wicketkeeper-batsman Craig Kieswetter from England duty, dominated the opening exchanges.
Ben Phillips recovered from Cosgrove's blow to bowl Jim Allenby and in the next over Mark Wallace gave a return catch to Turner from a top-edged pull. Phillips then had Cosgrove caught behind attempting a big shot over extra cover as the hosts slumped.
Glamorgan fought back though, with a 61-run partnership from 46 balls between Tom Maynard and Ben Wright before both batsmen were caught in the deep off successive Turner overs. From the final 10 overs Glamorgan could only manage 48 runs to set an achievable chase.
Trescothick and Kieswetter played positively in the opening overs of Somerset's reply with the former taking 14 from Shaun Tait's opening over including a six over third man. At the other end Kieswetter struck James Harris for successive sixes before being bowled via a bottom edge.
Somerset had reached 48 for 2 when heavy rain forced a 40-minute delay. When the players returned Somerset required a further 44 from 8.2 overs and led by Trescothick, who reached his half-century from 29 balls, they were never unduly troubled.